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Isaiah 61:2-3

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61:2 to announce the year when the Lord will show his favor,

the day when our God will seek vengeance, 1 

to console all who mourn,

61:3 to strengthen those who mourn in Zion,

by giving them a turban, instead of ashes,

oil symbolizing joy, 2  instead of mourning,

a garment symbolizing praise, 3  instead of discouragement. 4 

They will be called oaks of righteousness, 5 

trees planted by the Lord to reveal his splendor. 6 

1 tn Heb “to announce the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of our God’s vengeance.

2 tn Heb “oil of joy” (KJV, ASV); NASB, NIV, NRSV “the oil of gladness.”

3 tn Heb “garment of praise.”

4 tn Heb “a faint spirit” (so NRSV); KJV, ASV “the spirit of heaviness”; NASB “a spirit of fainting.”

5 tn Rather than referring to the character of the people, צֶדֶק (tsedeq) may carry the nuance “vindication” here, suggesting that God’s restored people are a testimony to his justice. See v. 2, which alludes to the fact that God will take vengeance against the enemies of his people. Cf. NAB “oaks of justice.”

6 tn Heb “a planting of the Lord to reveal splendor.”



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